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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 13 — Jun. 22, 2009
  • pp: 11122–11129

Compression of ultrashort laser pulses in planar hollow waveguides: a stability analysis

C.L. Arnold, S. Akturk, M. Franco, A. Couairon, and A. Mysyrowicz  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 13, pp. 11122-11129 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.011122


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Abstract

We investigate compression of ultrashort laser pulses by nonlinear propagation in gas-filled planar hollow waveguides, using (3+1)-dimensional numerical simulations. In this geometry, the laser beam is guided with a fixed size in one transverse dimension, generating significant spectral broadening, while it propagates freely in the other, allowing for energy up-scalability. In this respect the concept outperforms compression techniques based on hollow core fibers or filamentation. Small-scale self-focusing is a crucial consideration, which introduces mode deterioration and finally break-up in multiple filaments. The simulation results, which match well with initial experiments, provide important guidelines for scaling the few-cycle pulse generation to higher energies. Pulse compression down to few-cycle duration with energies up to 100mJ levels should be possible.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(320.5520) Ultrafast optics : Pulse compression
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics

ToC Category:
Ultrafast Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 29, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 15, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 15, 2009
Published: June 18, 2009

Citation
C. L. Arnold, S. Akturk, M. Franco, A. Couairon, and A. Mysyrowicz, "Compression of ultrashort laser pulses in planar hollow waveguides: a stability Analysis," Opt. Express 17, 11122-11129 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-13-11122


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